The first official US stamps were issued in 1847, depicting Benjamin Franklin and George Washington (5 and 10 cents). These were followed by 50 years worth of highly collectible 19th Century US Stamps, including an imperforated series in the 1850s, special Civil War stamps, bank note stamps, the first pictorial issues in 1869 (featuring images other than US leaders), and the first US commemorative stamps, issued in conjunction with the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago.

There was also a set of special re-printings in 1875, meant specifically for stamp collectors.


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21 Early Antique 1840s-1875 Us Government Issued Carrier Stamps, NrNystamps Us Stamp # 127 Mint Og H $1650Usa Scott # 2 Genuine With German Certificate (hs1/g949)1893 Us Columbian $3 Sc 243 Nh Cat $4750Nystamps Us Stamp # 39 Mint With Gum H $3000Us #244, $4 Columbian, Bright Fresh Og Nh!!!, Nice, Cat $7000Us Stamp:#241 $1 Salmon 1893 Columbian Issue Mh/og Stamp1898 Us Trans-mississippi $2 Sc 293 Used Cat $1100Scott # 243 Us 1893 Columbian $3 H Cat $15001893 Us Stamp Scott 245 Columbian Expo Mint $5.00 Hinged Partial Gum Cv $2700Scott # 241 Us 1893 Columbian $1 Nh Cat $3750Noblespirit No Reserve 3900-br Usa Two Dollar Columbian Stuck W/ Og Cv $1,150Scott # 244 Us 1893 Columbian $4 Nh Cat $7500Us Stamp:#292 $1 Black 1898 Trans-miss​issippi Mh/og Stamp1875 Us Pictorial 10c Sc 127 H Cat $1650Us Stamps # 243 $3 Columbus Mint Nh Cat Val $3100+ Nice CenteringUs #245, $5 Columbian Unused, Nicely Rg, Rp At Right, Still Nice Ng Cat Is $1200Noblespirit No Reserve Mlm/831 Excellent Us No.230-240 Mnh-mh Columbians =$1,8521893 Us Columbian $5 Sc 245 Nh Cat $10000Us Stamp:#242 $2 Brown Red 1893 Columbian Issue Mh/og StampUs 113, 114 2 Ct And 3 Ct, Two Mint Nh Gum Stamps, Very Rare, Sound Cv $1075Us Stamp:#243 $3 Yellow Green 1893 Columbian Issue Unused StampNoblespirit No Reserve 3909/79 Excellent Selection Of M&u Us Local Carrier StampNystamps Us Stamp # 163 Mint Og H $2500Us #292, $2 Trans Mississippi Unused And Fresh Ng, Free Us Shipping, Ng Cat $875Us Stamp:#245 $5 Black 1893 Columbian Issue Mh/og StampUs Stamp:#244 $4 Rose Carmine 1893 Columbian Issue Unused Stamp Nystamps Us Stamp # 133 Mint With Gum H $325Mr Fancy Cancel 121-e1p Very Fine Sound 30c 1869 Proof India Orange Buff Cv$275Us Stamp:#38 30c Orange Franklin 1851-57 Issue Unused StampScott # 240 Us 1893 Columbian 50c Nh Cat $1500Us Stamps # 315 4 Ample To Large Margins Scott Value $375.00Noblespirit No Reserve Excellent U.s. 289 Mnh = $425 Cv Trans MississippiUs Mint Earlies Dealer Stock With #4 #30 & #96 Cat $35,600Us #243, $3 Columbian Rich Color Mint With Light Hinge, Nice!!!, Cat $1500Mint Stock With $5 Columbian #245 Trans To 8c With Cert Nh Cat $17285Us Columbian $1 Sc# 241 $3750 NhNystamps Us Stamp # 240 Mint Og H $500Us Mint Dealer Stock With Banknote 90c H Grill #144 & #241 Cat $33,075Nystamps Us Stamp # 38 Mint With Gum H $2150Nystamps Us Stamp # 95a Mint Og H $4750 Grill CertificateUs Trans-mississippi $2 Sc 293 Mint Regummed MnhNystamps Us Stamp # 276 Mint Og H $600Us Stamp:#75 5c Red Brown Jefferson 1861-66 Issue Unused StampUs #242, $2 Columbian, Mint With Thin From Hinge Removal, Crisp Image, Cat $1150Us Trans-mississippi Sc # 292 1898 $1 Mint H Cat $1400Nystamps Us Stamp # 290 Mint Og H $150Us Mint Classics Dealer Stock With #160 #242 & #291 Cat $25,005Us Columbian Sc # 243 1893 $3 Mint Nh Cat $47501893 Us Columbian 50c Sc 240 Nh Cat $1450Scott # 263 Us 1894 Bureau, No Watermark - Marshall $5 H Cat $45001857-61 Us Type Ii 5c Sc 30a H Cat $2200Us Stamps # 85c Fine Strong Z Grill Scott Value $3,500.00Us #30, 5c Jefferson Type 2 Unused!! Rg, Nice Looking Stamp, Ng Cats $500, Nystamps Us Stamp # 239 Mint Og H $240Us #241, $1 Columbian Very Fresh Mint Hinged, Crisp!!, Free Us Ship, Cat $1100Us 116, 10 Ct Shield&eagle, Vivid Yellow, Mnh Light Gum Gd, Rare Classic Cv$2500Us Used Classics Dealerstock With #63b #64 Cat Val $38,118Noblespirit No Reserve Mlm/894 Excellent Us No.69 Mnh =$1,800 CvNoblespirit No Reserve Mlm/830 Excellent Us No.240 50¢ Columbian =$500 Cv